Just west of the University of Pennsylvania campus is a little deli that has been a mecca for sandwich lovers for over 40 years. Although Bob Koch the enthusiastic, caring and friendly owner passed away in late 2005, his legacy lives on. At lunchtime, a five-person-deep single file line is almost always the norm, but the current employees keep the tradition of passing around complimentary fresh sliced corned beef and pickles to patiently waiting customers. The specialty sandwiches at Koch’s are known for piling on several types of meat and condiments and are named for universities in the area as well as members of the Koch family.
Jeff’s favorite, the Drexel Special is Koch’s take on the corned beef special adding special beef, turkey, provolone and of course topping it off with cole slaw and on a hoagie roll slathered in Russian dressing.
My personal favorite is the Special K, a hulking behemoth of a sandwich consisting of corned beef, turkey pastrami, kosher salami, potato salad, swiss cheese and Russian dressing.
To get the full Koch’s experience, you really have to go and wait in line, chat it up with the employees and watch as they slice the meat fresh and pile it high on your sandwich. At the same time, if you’re in a rush they take phone orders too. Either way, be prepared for a sore jaw, a full stomach and a smile on your face.
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4309 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Google Map)